In an article published in Life & Arts on October 21, Tom Harford discussed the negative impact of “greedy” jobs on women’s earnings. While Harford focused on high-earning jobs, this practice also affects women who work part-time, limiting their career opportunities and undervaluing their qualifications and competences.
This discrimination not only affects women’s careers at different occupational levels but can have long-term consequences throughout their lives. Women now outperform men in many OECD countries educationally, making it even more irrational to limit their career prospects based on part-time work.
To address this issue, it is crucial to recognize the broader impact of part-time work on women’s careers and take action to create more equitable opportunities for them in the workforce. This includes changes that will help eliminate the stigma attached to part-time work and ensure that women are rewarded fairly for their efforts.